April 4, 2013

North Korea Warns US It's Authorized Nuclear Attack

This morning soldiers of the U.S. Army's 23rd Chemical Battalion, centre, gave a demonstration of their equipment during a ceremony to recognise their official return to South Korea at Camp Stanley - they left in 2004. USS John McCain, far right, a guided-missile destroyer used for ballistic missile defence, has been put into position to operate off the Korean peninsula. Inset centre, North Koreans gather at a rally to show their support for a potential nuclear war against the United States.


North Korea warned today that its military has been cleared to attack the U.S. using 'smaller, lighter and diversified' nuclear weapons as the Pentagon announced it is deploying a missile to the Pacific island of Guam.

The strident warning from Pyongyang is the latest in a series of escalating threats from North Korea and today it announced its military had been given final approval to launch a nuclear strike.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un uses a pair of binoculars to watch live ammunition firing drills by the Jangjae Islet Defense Detachment and the Mu Islet Hero Defense Detachment deployed in the southwestern sector in North Korea
U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has admitted that North Korea is a 'real and clear danger' to the U.S. and its allies.


The North had named Guam among a list of possible targets for attack that included Hawaii and the US mainland.

A map showing the movement in the region. North Korea warned today that its military has been cleared to attack the U.S. using 'smaller, lighter and diversified' nuclear weapons as the Pentagon announced it is deploying a missile to the Pacific island of Guam
Despite the intense rhetoric, analysts do not expect a nuclear attack by North Korea, which knows the move could trigger a destructive, suicidal war.

North Koreans attend a rally held to gather their willingness for a victory in a possible war against the United States and South Korea in Nampo, North Korea, April 3, 2013
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